I don’t know Arthur, I’ve never met him but I have heard Margaret talk about him. Margaret is a member of the Creative Writing Group I belong to. She has written some very funny pieces and was one of the early members to write a Guest Tea Towel. For a long time she has said that Arthur would write a poem as a Guest Tea Towel. When you get an offer like that, you sense it will never happen. Margaret proved me wrong, I am pleased to say.
I was invited to Afternoon Tea with Ishbel, as a ‘thank you’ for designing her Puppet Festival Tea Towel; it was a kind of ‘reunion’ for the Creative Writing Puppeteers. Margaret was there AND she brought Arthur’s poem, rather poems, AND a beautiful Emma Bridgewater tea towel, for me. Clearly the tea towel fits with the theme of the poem but at the bottom of the page I attach an Owl Tea Towel that Ishbel gave to Liz (and, no, she hasn’t given it to me) and a British Owls Tea Towel, very popular for many years which I was given, along with 18 others, by Susan’s mother.
I am making the assumption that Arthur is a bird-watcher but he is also a very funny and clever poet!
Teet Owl (Dryers family)
In Britain: Common
Identification: White with dark stains on breast, even after washing
Voice: Whistles, like a pig
Habitat: Kitchen drawers, clothes baskets, washing lines, rhubarb trees
Food: Mops up jam, treacle, milk and other liquids
Breeding: Year round in dark cupboards, rhubarb trees
With thanks to Collins ‘Birds of Britain’
Using his knowledge of the Teet Owl, Arthur has written a masterpiece of a poem:
Is a pretty bird
It whistles like a pig
It builds it’s nest in a rhubarb tree
And leaps from twig to twig.
It plays it’s song on a rolling pin
And sings a happy rhumba
It likes to dine at 49
On grapeshot and cucumber.
It has a mate called a Poppin Jay
Who really knows his onions.
He goes to school ‘cos he’s no fool
He’s an expert on Bird Bunions.
Thank you Arthur for making me laugh!